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orders he signed yesterday. we do this this afternoon after sean spicer's briefing. you can find it online at c-span.org. search in the search box "sean easily.to find it up next, the briefing from house democratic leader nancy pelosi from this morning. it's about 40 minutes. [applause] [applause] rep. pelosi: here we are. good morning, everyone. i think we can all agree that few people have more interest in -- have a more intimate understanding of the stakes of the health care debate in people's lives than america's nurses. as republicans forge ahead with their plan to repeal the affordable care act and make america sick again, it is my privilege to be joined by nurses from across the country who stand on the front lines of america's health care.
they are here to share their stories, stories that show exactly what is at stake as the -- if republicans succeed in destroying the affordable care act in america. it is my honor to welcome vicki gonzales of miami, florida, michael collins of las vegas, nevada, cathy stoddard of pittsburgh, pennsylvania, and diane palmer of milwaukee, wisconsin. it is my pleasure to yield to vicki gonzales from miami, florida. and welcome all of our nurses who are with us today. >> thank you. >> thank you and good morning, speaker pelosi. my name is vickie gonzales and i am a wound ostomy nurse at jackson memorial hospital, florida's largest public hospital. my heart is overjoyed when our patients get the care they need. not too long ago, our emergency room was consistently flooded with individuals who lacked health care coverage and relied
on emergency medicine for primary care. we can't turn them away, but emergency medicine costs five times more than a visit to the doctor's office. far too often, uninsured individuals cannot afford out-of-pocket charges that can easily exceed a month's rent. but with more patients covered and more of a safety net, my hospital can invest patient care dollars wisely. more patients have access to care regardless of pre-existing conditions. if congress forges ahead and takes health care away from millions of floridians, people throughout south florida will be forced to rely on our emergency room services once again and we'll go back to being in the red. miami's robust entrepreneur community may not be able to afford whatever republicans in congress propose as an alternative. of course, our taxpayers will shoulder the burden.
to paint a picture of how critical affordable care is to miami-dade community, just this month, a "miami herald" story showed that three congressional districts in south florida have the highest number of people who purchased care on the health exchange in the nation. clearly, patients need that care. we need congress to put a real plan in place that ensures hospitals and health care professionals can serve our patients and our communities with the quality of care they need and deserve, not less. now, i will introduce michael collins, registered nurse from las vegas. >> good morning. thank you, speaker pelosi. my name is michael collins. i'm a registered nurse at university medical center in las vegas, nevada. university medical center is the
only burn care center in the state of nevada and has the only level one trauma center in the state of nevada and it provides the only renal transplant center in the state of nevada and that is where i work. before the affordable care act, our hospital was chronically in debt, to the tune of at least $180 million every fiscal year. we are mandated by state law to treat all who come to our doors. regardless of their ability to pay. since the affordable care act, we have been able to provide services and extend our outpatient services because we have turned a profit of over $35 million in the last two years. now, with the repeal of the affordable care act, more than 371,000 nevadans stand a chance
of losing their health care coverage. the leaders of the republican party are talking about taking away the affordable care act, but there is no plan in place to replace it. i would like to know how they will keep deductibles and out-of-pocket costs low enough that our patients can continue to access our coverage in their proposed plan. since all of the patients that i work with have preexisting conditions, can my patients coverage and not just be thrown to the side. will the chronically ill we seeured patients that go when they're sick and unable medicaid has been
slashed. rushing -- before rushing healthcare a delivery system, president trump, republican congress owe real plan to make it better. and all of our lives depend on that. not take our healthcare away. now my colleague kathy stoddard. >> good morning. i would like to thank you for working on behalf of millions of my patients. kathy stoddard. i want to thank you for this opportunity to speak in front of how the and tell you affordable care act gives myients, families, including own health security and financial peace of mine. allegheny nurse at
general hospital and a quality coach. the issue of preexisting conditions impacts me not only but personally. you see, my son was born with a required life at saving cardiac surgery. our insurance did not cover all that was needed to diagnosis and him. but not giving him the care he needed was not an option. up putting his heart catheterization, echo cardio visit on doctors credit card. we always paid what we could, but those charges mounted and bills mounted and after years and years of becoming more ever pay in several lifetimes, we had no choice but to file bankruptcy. mother out there can tell you we never stopped worrying about our children. graduate, a college registered nurse and he can afford his own insurance, but others, he s of could have it taken away because of his preexisting condition. a nurse, i'm very
selective about how i spend the very little extra time that i have, but i am making sure that affordable healthcare is making d and expanded, sure that it is protected and expanded is hugely important to me. i will devote as much time as i have to making sure that those my son als including have the healthcare coverage that they deserve. a world and an america with our patients being have because they preexisting conditions and are barred from the care that they need. i have w nurses and determined to insure that no family will ever have to go experience, kind of have to go with the kind of experience that my family had to. access to serve quality affordable healthcare. would like to introduce a registered nurse, diane palmer, and of the nurse alliance vice president of s.d.i.u. diane.
>> hi, i'm diane palmer. thank you, speaker pelosi. of the nurse alliance of s.c.i.u. healthcare, i'm here 85,000 nursesting who work directly with patients hospitals, in community-based and public health settings. ogether with our sisters and brothers, we fought for comprehensive healthcare for expansion luding the of medicaid that has helped 22 illion americans gain healthcare, many for the first time. president trump, his corporate cabinet and republican leaders in congress want to take away health security for 30 million hard-working women and their children and grandparents and send our into creation.em i'm here to say that nurses will not let that happen. to present a ed real plan that will show how quality to make
healthcare more affordable and assure that no one who has care loses that care. we nurses will be ready to ask to hard questions needed make sure any proposal that is offered doesn't takeaway care counting on, s doesn't increase healthcare women andhard-working men, doesn't allow corporations to drop coverage for their doesn't raise taxes for the middle class, doesn't foreseeniors, children, and people with disabilities and doesn't leave for atients to fend themselves. thank you. rep. pelosi: i thank our guests for their presentations and testimony that they have given us. i thank all of the nurses that are here for the service they they e, the leadership give us and telling their stories across the country. hen we passed the affordable care act, the nurses across the country were part of pushing open the gate that was a barrier
the bill. i thank you for that. thank you for making it clear expensive re emergency care is. everyone of your patients has a preexisting about on, kathy, talking her personal story as well as her professional experience with preexisting condition and the have tating impact it can on a family to have a reexisting condition and not have the health insurance that they should have. thank you kathy and for empathizing medicaid. that is so important to the care act. people don't understand that medicare, medicaid and the act are now re wedded together. if you overturn and repeal the have a le care act, you negative impact on medicaid at a time when people need it more han ever, the they had
indicated is just not helping working moms, lower income families be and able to work and have healthcare only eir families, not about seniors. long term cost of care in hospital facilities is medicaid and medicaid for working families seniors, middle class seniors who have paid down their medicaid ising home there for them so everyone is it.ected by of course with the opioid as one example of a crisis, the god for of ohio, thank medicaid in fighting off the ohio.lican governor of that is so very, very important as well. that wer of the stories you have told is multiplied by facts.tistics and the the facts the real, true facts. it from , don't take
me, facts coming from the congressional budget office is a pointed by a republican speaker a.c.a.that repealing the will double premiums for individual the market by 2026, would increase uninsured by 18 million people in the first year and surge to 32 2026, the ople by congressional budget office. you have mentioned the situation with hospitals. hospitals will also be talked aboutichael this, by a.c.a. repeal because hey would be left with uncompensated care to the tune dollars.ns of entity s are the one where you have to provide care if someone comes in, even if
compensated for it. nd the affordable care act addressed that creating jobs and opportunities in areas. someone told me a story a hospital that is going to have to close down if prevailsdable care act because they don't have medicaid part of ncompensated it. how do you attract business to a region that doesn't have a talking when we're about the vitality of urban, america, you have to have human infrastructure as well as there.l infrastructure hospitals again would be devastated because they would be uncompensated care, the resulting job loss with funding cuts would bring to the community and it would increase the deficit. increase cost and jobs and efits, cut
increase the deficit, repeal 3 million nearly jobs, not only in healthcare, but in every sector from real estate to retail. this weekend, perhaps you were family members marched from east coast to west washington, more members of my family in san rancisco and to the driving rain. it did not dampen anyone's spirits. rained, the more vocal we became about vote, volunteer. weekend, millions of americans gathered across the ountry in an awesome peaceful show of power and support of omen's rights and women's health among other things. millions on friday, january 20, we saw the peaceful transfer of inaugurating the new president. the next morning america to peaceful show of
power where women across the indeed across the world in the millions in dwarfed the inaugural crowd. on days after, the president and republican congress launched major assault on women's access to comprehensive healthcare not only in america, world.ound the the trump administration reinstated the global gag rule hat silences even the discussion of women's reproductive choice. esterday, house republicans passed an expanded and even more dangerous version of the hyde would restrict how women with private insurance private dollars in purchasing health coverage. here we are, they have begun their repeal of the affordable the facts are these
about that. not only is it about the 20 people who we proudly, take great pride in saying at least 20 million more people access to healthcare, but people who get their workplaceerage in the under the affordable care act, in addition eople to the 20 million and their families will no longer be under affordable care act, no longer be subjected to lifetime on their annual limits care, no longer be subject to of a mination because preexisting medical condition. stay on their can olicy until 26 years old and back to the march, no longer ill being a woman be a preexisting medical condition. the american people are waking of what nightmare
republicans have planned for the healthcare of women, seniors and families. democrats will stand our ground to defend the affordable care act because we will, i think we all attest, that we believe that healthcare in america is a for everyone, not just for the privileged few. nurses for n the oining us today and for your leadership caring for america, the testimony that you bring is intimate, it's personal, it has policy ramifications. make the case and we're very grateful to you for that. thank you so much. thank you all. you may want to step aside when i have to take questions on some first let uss, but again, i thank you for coming. [applaus [applause] rep. pelosi: i would like to to ine the questions first the subject at hand.
yes, ma'am. reporter: yesterday senators collins without a plan o replace the freedom act, within that, they say the obama they want to. if rand paul has put out a plan to care.ce obama i keep hearing there is no plan to replace this. rep. pelosi: in other words, others have said on the aisle is side of the that, i believe even the hairman of the health committee, chairman alexander that they really can't act unless they see something from of the united states, his proposal. so while individuals may have suggestions, we have to see what is their proposal. have said as a standard, about the goals that were set by the affordable care act were to improve quality of care, expand
access, and reduce cost and the proposal that they would present would have to stay on that course, which the affordable act has been very successful in achieving. so when we see something, we can have a good they idea, we would like to hear what it is and we would like to work right now, we are fighting the repeal of the act in the are absence of -- one of the plans but one of ioned, the proposals which the nominee was to s., mr. price, credit, is it,tax and yesterday, a couple days ago committee, the urban institute testified that under his plan, america's would be subjected to a deductible, individual $25,000 deductible. there are a lot of things out i don't know who is
speaking for what, but even the chairman of their committee has to see t they want something from the president. yes, ma'am. this er: donald trump morning tweeted that he is going to be calling for a major fraud.igation into voter what is your reaction on that? rep. pelosi: there is no evidence to support what the has said and i think we made that really clear to him in our conversations with him, very pleased that our cummings, mr. . and brady, three leaders in the congress have all of the r to attorneys general across the country, any place that votes president, including the district of columbia and saying anyone thatnames of you suspect is guilty of voter fact is that the -- let me justso
another way. [laughter] rep. pelosi: when jillstein was making her case about voter wanting to have ollowing the election, the lawyers for donald trump estified that there was no voter fraud to justify her a uest for a recount, recount. so kind of where that is. newly erson who is elected president of the united states to be so insecure as to that he is now the president, he is in the white thee and he is saying i won popular vote and 3 million to 5 million americans voted in our country, to suggest and to undermine the voting system r is really strange, but in it, tion to that, on top of
he wants to investigate that can clearly be roven to be false, but he resists and the investigation of the russian disruption of our election and any connection to campaign. all we want is the truth for the american people. very sad about the president making this claim. i felt sorry for him. prayed for him, but then i prayed for the united states america. yes, ma'am. response what is your to the executive orders from resident trump on immigration and refugee resettlement? rep. pelosi: we haven't seen it is, i have always any policy that excluded people on the base of their religion.
refugees coming to the united states from syria who might be muslim, which is part women and et, are children and i don't know that that's what the american people is our value system. what he says of will have its popular appeal issuee immigration was an that he fueled the flames in his campaign. reporter: [inaudible [ rep. pelosi: no, ok. reporter: are there divisions people mocrats between calling on leadership to work as versusn with republicans people pushing democratic leadership to be more liberal, especially after the losses that the party took? rep. pelosi: no. said, if republicans, obviously we pledge to the responsibility
to find common ground with the republicans as we did with resident bush, even though we disagreed with him on the war in social privatizing security and wanted the polls opposing him on that when we together, after we worked together on manishes. we stand ready to do that. they want to have a real infrastructure of proposal, not wealthy people disguised as an infrastructure proposal, they want to talk family, family and work balance which they spoke about in the campaign, we forward to working with them. s i said on the opening day, the gavel speech as i gave the avel to speaker ryan and other issues where we may find common ground. where we don't find common we are standing our ground on the affordable care act. no division, no.
reporter: democrats on resident trump's announcement to freeze federal hiring, do they have a plan to fight that and specifically how does it v.a., i know they have been working on a level -- rep. pelosi: the freeze on hiring which was really is, tunate because what it what that is to say we don't role e in the government to meet the needs of the american people. attack the workers, they're attacking what they do, their sure people get social security checks, meeting the needs of our veterans, on and , the list goes on. and so when they did this freeze, they said we exempt national security. that did not include veterans. now, one of my colleagues is in the hospital in is area, veterans hospital, they were hoping to hire three cardiologists which they cannot
there is a freeze on hiring. hey can't hire people who give you the scalpel. it's not only the cardiologists, assist in ople who providing healthcare for our is rans as one example that wrong. but it's always been part of their kind of agenda to say, we federal educe the workforce so we can privatize a we don'te services and have to honor any value of iversity or workers rights and the rest of that. i think that there will be some ipartisan opposition to what they're doing because many federal employees work in the district of republicans as well democrats, but this is an our job for the merican people, but it is not any surprise.
reporter: catholic constituents relieved that their taxes not be used for abortions. catholic and i'm a i have children, anybody have standing on the issue? not been taxpayer dollars spent on abortions. you know that. this is fraudulent. fraudulent and what they're doing is making it more dangerous so that people can't their own dollars in the exchanges to have access to reproductive rights. so well fight that and my support that. reporter: what kind of message oes it sends -- rep. pelosi: i have no knowledge of a trip. we have been very busy. haven't seen her. reporter: an opinion on a lawmaker taking a trip like that heads-up?ving you a
rep. pelosi: i don't know the particulars of it. invitation, the auspices of which they went. anything to our office as far as i know. when i know more, i'll have more. reporter: the gag order that has been issued to the e.p.a. in of speaking to the media and withdrawal of some climate taking down climate change pages on the enchl p.a. site, are you aware of the ctions in the administration and what can democrats do about it? rep. pelosi: what can the it.ican people do about we have said and i said in my you ng day speech here if for to silence our voices common sense nonviolence prevention, we will fight that. silence people's voices. it is a deterioration of to llectual resources
prevent information to flow. that's what has made america open, we listen and eas, we exchange them any country that doesn't, does so to their own detriment. i would hope that the press would be a very important part out how unfair this information ve available to the press because i do believe, although we don't coverage as on your president obama said, the true guardian of our democracy is the freedom of the press that is in first amendment. that is the most important because that says we can peak and people will know truth, truth and freedom, truth will set us free. doing shouldhey're be just appalling to people if they know about it. they shouldn't be doing that. what we'll do.
you think they care about a letter? i think it's more about public abraham lincoln said, public sentiment is everything. ith it you can do almost everything, without it, almost nothing. sentiment.ut public they probably wouldn't even respond to a letter because they don't want information. e were chatting earlier this morning. i was saying that george bernard once said a true sign of a that intelligent person is that'she is, he said he, where he finds statistics, and o they seem to be happy to be in a factfree zone where even their own republican and i did the president to read the c.b.o. report before we could affordable care act, so we have always had, president bush,
dealing with republicans across always had e have sort of a -- i don't want to say tradition, but a standard where facts or to a set of some numbers or baseline and then you go from there. other's opinion. we respect the position that more dy has, the conservative, the more progressive, that's the american way. at least when you try to negotiate, you're dealing from a set of facts instead of being in a factfree zone or whatever they want to call their version of reality. reporter: you have met the times, we a couple of have seen a few days of the new administration. new ideas on how you will confront them, has your evolved on that at all? rep. pelosi: well, it's
at the ing, we saw him inauguration and had a chance to coffee the white house or tea before we came to the about how we lked could find common ground on that tructure and i hope is the case. he invitation for the leadership to come to the white was to welcome and because, again, we don't have to gree on everything to agree on some things, right. it was really quite startling the president declared that because e popular vote three to 5 million people voted which ly in our country was not fact-based and evidence-based. in addition to that, i had the mpression, now had the impression that he was saying, arolyn, that that didn't even include california. so, again, we have to stipulate we're goingfacts if
to talk about infrastructure, if we're going to talk about child if we're going to talk about early childhood education. to the to stipulate facts. i did tell him that when president, as i mentioned when we opposed president bush, we won and he course, l president, of we worked together on the biggest energy bill in the history of our country. he wanted nuclear, i wanted renewable, we had a big at the signing of the bill. bar, we talked about test we wanted it large, he is proud f it and he should be, he and mrs. bush on leadership on that drug legislation. on carp, his proposal, taxpayer hings to the in the legislations and really thing the tarp is really what caused a lot of anger in the
appeared that we bailed out wall street at the expense of main street. case.as not the that's the appearance that it had. hat else did we work on it on, barney frank, the most liberal bill in terms of the taxes with the president who he wanted -- i wanted a recovery stimulus. i wanted infrastructure. he didn't. do tax rebates or whatever. we can do that as long as refundable to low income people. e had one of the most progressive bills in history and it set a standard for how we go that.d with you can disagree, what could be worse than the iraq war? we disagreed strongly on one subject. hat could be worse than privatizing social security but have agreement on other subjects
that's what we hope to do with this president because we responsibility to find that common ground if we can, efend our ground, if we can't, but also to just stipulate to a set of facts as we go forward don't, there is lull absolutely no way you can ome to an agreement that has legitimacy and is valid for the american people. ne more. reporter: is asking for a review of america's methods of taking care of suspects and the possible reopening of c.i.a. black sites as well as america's commitment -- [question inaudible] re p. pelosi: i think this could be a step backward and i'm not alone in thinking that in the path he's going down is
wrong. don't ask me, just ask john mccain and others. and reverting to that does not support or values but also endangers our people who are there, whether it's from a security standpoint in the intelligence community or in the military. so i just think that it's wrong and i hope that he will rethink it and i hope he will listen to some republican leaders on this subject. the intelligence community, we owe them so much. they risk their lives. you may not know this, intelligence since the mid some we have disagreements from time to time, largely springing from the administration and not from the community, i have any chance i get to praise them for their work. i think this would endanger
them and what they are doing as well as our own military if we were to say that this is what we think is civilized human behavior. thank you all very much. thank you. >> and we're live from the department of homeland security this afternoon as an audience of employees there awaiting the arrival of president trump. he's expected to talk with them today about building the u.s.-mexico border wall and sanctuary city. the president signed executive
>> again, president trump expected here at the department of homeland security to talk about the mexico border wall and immigration. we'll have live coverage here on c-span when it starts. while we wait, the discussion from this morning's "washington journal" on progressive response to the trump administration. guest: there's no question that it's a tough time. honesty is important. we don't have much honesty in our politics right now. but i do think we saw in the